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Dementia is the term used for a range of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain and lead to a decline in mental ability.


What is dementia?

The typical symptoms of dementia include: gradual loss of memory, mood changes, problems with communication, and difficulty thinking and reasoning.

Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.

There are many types of dementia; the most common is Alzheimer's, which affects over 60% of people who are diagnosed with dementia.

Other types of dementia include:

  • Vascular dementia
  • Mixed dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Frontotemporal dementia

More information about the different types of dementia can be found on the Alzheimer's Society website.

If you think you or someone you know may have symptoms of dementia, contact your GP.


Memory Support Service

The Memory Support Service can support people with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers who live in Buckinghamshire.
The advisors can help in different ways, either by meeting with you in your own home or via a telephone conversation.

Memory Support Service
Telephone: 01296 331 749

The Memory Support Service is run by Alzheimer’s Society on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council and in partnership with Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group [CCG].

More information about the Memory Support Service


Support for carers

There are lots of different ways to get support as a carer. Our carers section gives you information about that support and tells you how you can have an assessment so we can identify the help you need.

Carers' support and advice

Carers' assessments

Carers Bucks
Telephone: 0300 777 2722


Age UK advice line

0800 678 1602

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